Many television shows are based on god or religious themes, and was wondering if any of my fellow nonbelievers watch shows like
Touched by an angel
Highway to heaven
Little house on the parrire
Supernatural (thought I'd throw in a modern show)?
And if not, why not? Maybe an antithiest wouldnt watch....
Nope. They make me nauseated to begin with. I was always amazed by lunchroom conversation the day after "Touched by an Angel"; a huge number of people seemed to think that the episodes were based in fact, and no amount of trying to explain the concept of fiction got through to them.
I find them too trite / predictable / simplistic.
I watched Little House on the Prairie as a child / teen because it was all there was to watch sometimes on the 5 broadcast channels we could pull in out in the sticks. Even in my religious daze I couldn't stomach Touched by an Angel though.
On the other hand it's almost traumatic to watch some of the darker stuff on TV. My wife and I soldiered through two seasons of The Handmaid's Tale and the label I came up with for it is "suffering porn". Judging from the reviews others have of that show, if they don't move the story arc along to relieve some of that tension, a lot of people won't make it through season 3. It will just consist of the heroine stupidly sleepwalking into one obvious trap after another. It's irritating because the production values and quality are high, but the desire to make money means many of these shows run about 2 more seasons than the concept can support.
I mention The Handmaid's Tale because it shows the dangers of religion rather than the syrupy sappy fantasy religion wants to portray itself through. But it's not escapist entertainment for sure, especially not in the age of Trump and the unholy alliance between him and the religious right. Hits too close to home ...
Thankfully I don't watch T.V anymore lol. I do admit to watching Supernatural when it first aired over here...cos it was cool. The older shows...not on your life. I went down the river fishing, hunting and being a larrikin, as always, instead. My little sisters used to watch them all the time lol. I was a Dr Who fan when I was younger, or maybe a show called U.F.O back in the day too.
Otherwise it was cartoons like Scooby Doo...I guess that could be seen as a cartoon in Supernaturals ilk lol.
I've watched and enjoyed these shows in varying degrees.
Little House was a good "wholesome" show with religious overtones, but I suspect that it, at lease somewhat accurately, represents that time period. The church was a central part of the community. I liked that show growing up. It didn't make me want to believe in god.
Have watched Touched by and Angle and Highway to Heaven, okay as filler TV, never planned to go watch them. Again, didn't make me believe in god, anymore than watching Shrek made me believe in Ogres or talking donkeys.
I'm a HUGE fan of Supernatural. Pretty sure it's not a "Church Sanctioned Show". Sure, there are religious elements, but they poke holes and make fun of it too. Again, I still don't believe in Vampires, Wendigos, Demons or Angles.
Watching Star Trek, doesn't make you suddenly believe in Klingons.
FIction is fiction regardless of what inspired it.
No, I find most of them, & admittedly most TV fare in general, shallow & inane. I do enjoy some "horror" or Sci-Fi themed shows, even "Agents of Shield", for a kick, but I'm not a fan of being preached at, even the thumb-fingered attempts at subtlety that some of these shows use.
I loved Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons. These 'holy' shows are a little bit like ordinary TV stories where the bad guys lose out and the good guys win - all in the space of an hour! We all know that the law doesn't always win and good guys certainly didn't always win out on the prairie but it's nice to pretend for a bit.
But what about American Gods? Wow, that was a whole different proposition! And what is an atheist to make of the deification of the things we worship in modern society - sex, money, power? Semantics, or could there be more to it than that? I wonder what Neil Gaiman thought!
I do not watch these types of show for the very reason I am a non-believer - they are trying to indoctrinate the general public into believing in a god or gods (depending on the sect of religion you choose). I also find the stories weak and less than interesting. I would rather watch a PBS British series, science fiction or action show on the tube.
Well I don't . It just seems so silly. I don't believe anybody should look at the world in that matter. They're setting themselves up for exploitation and endangering real people ,I guess that we are all real,But it only encourages santa claus thinking!